REASON: Thor back in NY, Pérez on a roll, Correa out

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: ___ THOR BACK IN NEW YORK Noah Syndergaard pitches in New…

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:

THOR BACK IN NEW YORK

Noah Syndergaard is pitching for New York City for the first time since leaving the Mets during the off-season, starting the Los Angeles Angels’ opening game at Yankee Stadium.

Thor became a fan favorite at Citi Field, going 47-31 with a 2015-21 3.32 ERA and earning an All-Star roster in 2016. Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery on March 26, 2020 and did not return to the Mets until last September 28, when he made the first of a pair of one-inning starts during the final week of the season.

He became a free agent and agreed to a $21 million one-year contract with the Angels in November. Syndergaard is 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in seven starts, striking out 27 and walking eight in 38 innings.

Syndergaard achieves an average speed of 94.67 mph with his fastball, down from 97.91 mph in 2019.

Left-handed Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 3.30) throws for the AL-leading Yankees as Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and the Angels try to stop a five-game slip. Ohtani is scheduled to start on the mound Thursday night in the series finale.

CRAZY STUFF

Texas Rangers lefthander Martín Pérez is on a roll en route to his matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays. Pérez has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his last seven starts and leads the majors with a 1.60 ERA. He hasn’t given up a home run all season.

Pérez (3-2) lost his first two starts this year and had to take three earned points each time. He has since allowed just four earned runs for a 0.74 ERA over 48 1/3 innings.

His 59 1/3 innings without homer is the longest active streak in the majors. That includes all 56 1/3 innings this year and the end of last season as a reliever for Boston. Pérez returned to his original big league-team when he signed a free contract with the Rangers at the beginning of spring practice.

The last time Pérez started against the Rays, they hit three home runs off him at home on July 30 in a 7-3 win over Boston. Randy Arozarena, Yandy Díaz and Mike Zunino went in-depth, and the lefty was able to battle them all again on Tuesday night in Texas.

HAPPY HOME

Adam Wainwright (5-4, 2.13 ERA) of the St. Louis Cardinals is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA in eight starts and two relief appearances against San Diego during the regular season at Busch Stadium, never allowing a home run in 58 2/3 innings. Left-handed Blake Snell (0-2, 6.00) starts for the Padres.

LET’S PLAY TWO

The Twins and Tigers will play a day-night doubleheader in Detroit, but Minnesota star shortstop Carlos Correa will miss the entire series after testing positive for COVID-19.

“He’s under the weather, but nothing more than that,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. “I think resting and hydrating are the most important things for him right now.”

Minnesota outfielder Byron Buxton is 0 for 22 with seven strikeouts this season against Detroit.

Kody Clemens, a son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, is likely to make his Major League-debut for the Tigers after they called him from Triple-A Toledo on Monday. The 26-year old infielder/outfielder is expected to start in the second game, and Roger Clemens planned to be at Comerica Park.

“He’s scrambling and trying to figure out when he’s going to fly here,” Kody Clemens said after Detroit’s 7-5 win on Monday. “He loved it. He said, ‘You’re a great player, kid.'”

Clemens, a third-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, hit .283 in Toledo with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 45 games. Drafted as second baseman, he played first, second, third and left this season.

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